Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Another big game looms for Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:35 pm

The Middle Township High School football team finds itself in the same position as last year’s Panther team entering the team’s fifth game of the season.

Like last season, Middle lost its first two games but bounced back to win its next two. The latest victory was a wild one-point win over Vineland. Now coming out of its bye, Middle is set to make a short trip up the parkway to Carey Stadium, Ocean City High School’s beachfront home, to play the Raiders Friday evening at 7.

Middle currently sits 10th in the South Jersey Group II power point standings. With the top eight teams qualifying for a playoff berth after eight games, it stands to reason that this is a very important game for the Panthers. As are the next three after this week.

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Chris Rivera leads Caper 'Cubs'

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:30 pm

It hasn’t been a stellar season for the Lower Cape May Regional High School football team so far. The Caper Tigers are 0-4 and, other than during the first half of their loss to Pleasantville, haven’t been competitive in any of the games.

Over the last couple of games, however, some bright spots have been appearing. The biggest one is the play of Chris Rivera, a 14-year-old freshman who certainly is one of the youngest players seeing significant playing time in Cape-Atlantic League varsity football.

Rivera is one of six Lower Cape May freshmen seeing heavy action this season. Four of them are starting on both sides of the ball.

Rivera was tabbed as the team’s starting slot receiver at the beginning of the season. But when senior back Alek Soriano went down with a season-ending injury in the team’s opener against Bridgeton, Rivera was moved to wingback, where he’s become an integral part of the team’s offense.

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LCM gets sweet revenge with 4-0 win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 16, 2013 03:26 pm

ERMA – Earlier this season, the Lower Cape May Regional High School field hockey team dropped a 4-2 decision at Holy Spirit. So when the rematch occurred on Tuesday, the Lady Tigers were certainly motivated.

“We definitely had to play better,” said junior forward Carrie Wunder. “When were up there last game we came out a little flat.”

They didn’t come out flat this time. Wunder staked the Lady Tigers to a 1-0 halftime lead with a long shot from just inside the scoring circle before the team went on to score three times after the break to post a dominating 4-0 victory.

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Raiders hoping new football season starts Friday

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:11 am

 For the second consecutive season, the Ocean City High School football team is 0-4. It is the seventh time since the formation of the Cape-Atlantic League that the Raiders have started with four straight losses.

Last year’s team dropped a fifth game before winning in week six and finishing 3-7. Tony Galante’s 1986 team lost its first six before winning two of three to finish 2-7. Ed Woolley’s 1978 team finished 0-9. Andy Prohaska’s 1961 team won in week five and finished 2-7. Fred Haack’s 1960 team also won week five and ended up 3-5-1. And Fenton Carey’s 1953 team dropped its fifth game and finished 2-6.

That is the history of OCHS teams that got out of the gate slowly. This 2013 version faced probably the four best teams on its schedule during the first four weeks. After its bye week sort of created a separation, Coach Kevin Smith is hoping Friday night’s game with Middle Township will start a second season.

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OCHS cross country teams are champions again

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 15, 2013 09:24 pm

Ocean City High School's cross country teams finished off undefeated championship seasons again on Tuesday as both teams swept tri-meets against host Vineland and Bridgeton to win the Cape-Atlantic League's American Conference.

Lou Paone led Ed Keenan and Brandon Hadtke across the finish line as the OCHS boys lifted their win streak to 53 meets over six seasons.

Bridget Flynn was first for the girls as they stretched their win streak to 24 meets over three seasons. She was followed by Devon Grisbaum, Rachel Stremme, Emma Bergman, Meredith Steele and Kayla Gillespie.

Look for more on the OCHS cross country championships and a preview of the Cape May County Meet in next week's Gazette.  

   

WCHS senior 4th at Disney Cross Country Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 15, 2013 04:12 am

Wildwood Catholic senior cross country standout Emily Johnson placed fourth overall in the varsity girls Division 1A race at the Disney Cross Country Classic presented by New Balance at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., over the weekend.

Johnson posted a time of 20 minutes, 21.28 seconds in the national meet that included 130 runners. Although she finished Nearly two minutes behind the winner, Anna Flynn of the Ursuline School (18:33.55), Johnson ended the race only 13 seconds away from second place.

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Raider Sports Roundup

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:04 am

BOYS SOCCER: The once-beaten Raiders were seeded No. 6 in the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Tournament and will host No. 11 Haddonfield at the Tennessee Avenue Complex on Friday or Saturday. The Raiders defeated Haddonfield, 3-2, last month.

It would be Ocean City’s only home game in the tournament unless No. 14 seed Moorestown upsets No. 3 West Deptford. The Ocean City-Haddonfield winner will play the winner of that game. The only other CAL team in the tournament is No. 5 Middle Township, which hosts Cherokee in the first round. Because of the tournament, the OCHS-Middle game on Saturday might be cancelled or postponed.

The last time OCHS was in the Coaches Tournament was in 2008. The Raiders won the tournament in 2007 and 2005 under Mike Pellegrino and also reached the championship match in 1987 under Leo Chase. Overall, Ocean City teams are 24-15 in the tournament.

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Middle falls to one of state’s top teams in S.J. title match

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 07:28 pm

The Middle Township High School girls tennis team has enjoyed a lot of success this fall. The Lady Panthers had won 11 of 12 matches going into this week, were winners of two state tournament matches and are currently in first place in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference.

But they were no match for the opponent they faced Monday afternoon.

Competing in its first South Jersey title match in 15 years, the Lady Panthers were overwhelmed by Haddonfield, a perennial powerhouse that is currently ranked No. 1 in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger. Middle suffered a 5-0 defeat in the Group II sectional championship.

“It was a nice experience, though,” Middle coach Tracey Hall said. “It was good for the girls to see such good tennis. Nothing’s going to seem too hard after this.”

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Raiders only CAL team in girls coaches tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 12:43 pm

The Ocean City High School girls soccer team is the only Cape-Atlantic League team to earn a berth to the South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

The Raiders, who enter this week at 6-1, have earned the last seed in the 16-seed field and will play at No. 1 Eastern later this week. Eastern improved to 10-0-1 with a 5-1 win over Egg Harbor Township last Saturday.

First-round coaches tournament games must be played by this Friday, Oct. 18, with a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 19.

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Middle, OC both get home games in boys soccer coaches tournament

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Written by Brian Cunniff Monday, October 14, 2013 12:26 pm

The Middle Township and Ocean City high school boys soccer teams have earned berths to the prestigious South Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Tournament.

Seedings for the tournament, which includes the best 16 teams in South Jersey regardless of enrollment, were made official late Monday morning.

Middle Township, which is 12-0, has earned the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Cherokee. Cherokee, state Group IV champions in 2010 and 2011, enters this week at 7-2-1. Ocean City, which is 10-1-1, has earned the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Haddonfield (10-2).

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Lady Panthers advance in tennis tourney

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:23 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls tennis team’s outstanding season continued Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Panthers, competing in the second round of the South Jersey Group II Tournament, posted a 4-1 victory over West Deptford to advance in the state playoffs.

Middle, the second seed in the tournament, improved to 10-1 with the victory. The team got straight-set wins at two of the three doubles positions and both doubles slots against seventh-seeded West Deptford.

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Middle’s Anagnou ties school scoring record

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 09, 2013 04:21 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Maddie Anagnou experienced one of the more memorable games of her high school field hockey career Monday afternoon.

The Middle Township High School senior played an integral role as her club topped rival Lower Cape May, 2-0, for the second time this season. And the fact that the contest was played almost entirely through a driving rainstorm certainly made for a unique setting.

But on top of all that, Anagnou scored the insurance goal with less than four minutes to play, the 45th goal of her career, which tied her for the program record first set by 2010 graduate Leigh DeLollis. Anagnou went into Wednesday’s game against Cedar Creek with a chance to make the record exclusively her own.

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October History in OCHS Sports

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:10 pm

October 2002:

Will Kleva and Adam Sternberger scored as Ocean City defeated Haddon Heights, 2-0, in the first round of the South Jersey Coaches Tournament. It was career win No. 100 for Coach Mike Pellegrino. These Raiders would lose in the second round of the tournament and also reached the second round of the NJSIAA Group 3 Tournament. The 2002 Raiders finished 13-5-2 and Sternberger led the scoring with 24 goals. OCHS would go on to win the Cape-Atlantic League’s American Conference the next six years and win four South Jersey titles in five seasons. Pellegrino, now the athletics director at Egg Harbor Township, went on to win 228 games.

October 1984:           

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NJSIAA football & updates on CAL people

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 08, 2013 11:07 pm

High school football is halfway through the regular season in New Jersey, a good time to take a look at where Cape-Atlantic League teams stand in the NJSIAA power rankings.

In Group 5, Millville is a distant second behind Eastern, which survived a challenge from Rancocas Valley on Saturday when Eastern QB Tom Flacco was intercepted five times. No other CAL team is in the Group 5 top eight. Absegami and Atlantic City are close at ninth and 10th with a plenty of opportunities to move up. If the playoffs started this weekend, Millville would host Rancocas Valley.

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